This of course adds to the devastating hail damage French vintners have suffered throughout this summer in the Loire Valley, Burgundy, Champagne, and Bordeaux. The damage in Burgundy and Bordeaux was so severe, in many cases breaking through the vine's bark and damaging the underlying wood, that production will be impacted this year as well as next.
On a lighter note, the grape harvest in California has begun to move north as producers in Napa and Sonoma have already begun to bring in fruit for sparkling and rose wines, following Lodi by about a week. Let's see what's in store for growers this week!
Napa's looking forward to some beautiful weather this week with temperatures that seem like they might slow down the maturation curve just a bit. Something I guess no one will be complaining about.
Piedmont has settled in to some near perfect weather as of late, after their very rough start to the season. Moderate temperatures and a splash of rain wil keep the grapes moving slowly through their maturation cycle. It continues to look like it might be a later harvest this year.
After a stable July, August looks like it's being problematic in Rioja, with lots of moisture and lower temperatures.
The week ahead looks pretty fabulous in Sonoma with sunny skies and warm but not hot weather in the forecast.
Warm and a bit overcast with a chance of rain in the Willamette Valley; this week's forecast looks to be fairly typical for this time of year.
Jordan Station, Ontario Canada
While temperatures remain cool in Ontario, the weather itself seems to be improving, with significant sunshine on the way this week.
Warm weather, lots of sunshine, a chance of rain midweek. It's the same broken record in Tuscany for three weeks now as this vintage is coming together very well in this second half of the growing season.